What Are the Types of Dentures and Their Uses?

The loss of a tooth can impact your appearance and self-esteem. It can cause immediate side effects, such as the inability to speak or chew effectively as well as long-term repercussions, such as anxiety, depression, and health issues. Tooth loss could be a result of anything from tooth decay to fracture, injury, or periodontal disease.

Failure to replace a lost tooth may result in other teeth over-erupting, shifting or tipping.  This can affect the overall bite and may cause more problems with other teeth.  In cases where tooth loss cannot be prevented, one viable choice for replacing missing teeth is dentures.

Different Types of Dentures

There are various types of dentures that your dentist at Asante Dental will use, all of which are intended to help you regain your ability to speak, smile, and chew.

Complete Dentures

As the name denotes, complete dentures are intended to replace all of your teeth. These types of dentures are made from acrylic denture teeth with a pink acrylic base.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are useful when you are missing one or more teeth but not all of your teeth. This set consists of a metal framework supporting the denture teeth set with a pink acrylic base. Partial dentures rely on your natural teeth to secure and stabilize them.

Fixed Dentures

Fixed dentures can only be removed by a dentist. This type of denture is fixed in place and does not shift while eating or talking, unlike removable dentures. However, cleaning and maintenance are a little more expensive and complicated than other denture types.  The most common type of a fixed denture is a bridge.  Dentures can also be fixed in place using implants.  

Removable Dentures

These dentures are easily removable, for cleaning, maintenance, or other purposes. They are comfortable to wear and flexible in use as well.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are used soon after the extraction of natural teeth. They act as a final prosthesis during the healing of the tooth. However, these dentures can be less ideal than fixed dentures because they may not be a perfect fit and may need rebasing or relining.

Temporary Dentures

Temporary dentures are very similar to immediate dentures except that they are not intended as a final prosthesis. They are made of less durable materials and used only during the healing process.

Depending on the condition and severity of your dental health, your dentist will help you determine which denture type is suitable in order to achieve lasting strength and comfort.